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Don’t worry, your dog is normal

Don’t worry, your dog is normal(First of two parts)

What may be weird to owners are actually normal behavior.

Some owners get anxious when their dogs chase their tails or hump their leg or arm.

Don’t worry, your dog is normal
Lucas (left), 11, and Nacho, 10, sniff each other's butts.
Don’t worry, these are normal behavior. But if this is all that they want to do, you will need to see a vet.

In “Is my Dog Normal?" WebMD says a lot of what humans perceive as unusual behavior are actually normal among dogs.

Tail-Chasing

Puppies chasing their tails are just like babies grabbing their toes. They are just being babies.

“It's a way to explore their bodies. It's not usually a problem unless dogs do it all the time. See if you can distract your pup. If he would rather chase his tail than eat or go for a walk, it's a problem. You may need to talk to your vet about training or medication, “ WebMD says.

Crotch-Sniffing

A dog sniffing bottoms of other dogs is normal.

“Dogs like to sniff each other’s bottoms, but it's different when they nose up to someone's crotch! It's not bad manners, according to your dog, “ Web MD says

When dogs sniff someone’s crotch, it is just a way of getting information, WebMD says.

”Dogs can get a lot of information about other dogs by sniffing around down there. They probably get the same info by sniffing people, too. If your dog’s nosiness bothers you—or the people they sniff!—obedience training may help,” it adds.

Scooting

Some dogs do scoot or drag their bottoms across the ground after doing their business—especially if their stool is loose.

“But if a dog scoots a lot all day, see your vet. Scooting can mean impacted anal glands, which you should get your vet to treat. It could also come from having a tapeworm,“ WebMD says.

Humping

Humping is normal in dogs.

“Watching your dog get personal with the new sofa may make you cringe, but it’s normal. For many dogs, humping feels good or relieves stress. It's more commonly done by male dogs, but females do it too, sometimes. It's OK to look the other way in most cases. But if they're humping people, they may be trying to show dominance. Call them off so they don't bother anyone, and talk to a trainer or vet for behavior tips, WebMD says.

Reverse Sneezing

You can help a dog with what is called reverse sneezing.

“Does your dog ever make a loud snorting noise that sounds like a reverse sneeze? It usually lasts about a minute, while your dog stiffens up, sticks his head out, and his eyes may bulge. It's usually caused by something harmless, like pulling too hard on the leash. Help him by massaging his throat or giving him something to lick. Covering his nose may make him swallow, which could stop the sneeze. Call your vet if it happens a lot, “ WebMD says.

Eating Grass

Dogs do eat grass. If  your dog eats a lot of grass and dirt, however, please contact your vet

“Your lawn may not look yummy to you, but your dog has other ideas. Dogs aren't just meat eaters. Sometimes they like a little greenery, too.  Eating grass, sticks, and even dirt is normal -- as long as they don't do it a lot. If your dog binges on grass, it could mean stomach problems. If your dog eats a lot of dirt, it could be a medical problem (like anemia). Call your vet to check, “ WebMD adds.

Eating Excrement

There are some dogs who eat their poop.

“It’s surprisingly normal for dogs to eat poop. Long ago, before dogs were domesticated, they were scavengers. They ate whatever they could find. Their digestive systems work well, so they can get some nutrients out of it. Most people don’t want kisses from potty-mouthed dogs. If you catch your pooch in the act, offer a tastier food. You can also mention it to your vet for more advice,“ Web MD says.

Don’t worry, your dog is normal
Shakti, 10, loves running in the garden aside from car rides. And yes, sometimes she goes for the grass.
Next week: More ‘unusual” behavior of dogs.

Happy Sunday everyone! Namaste!

Topics: Is my Dog Normal? , WebMD , pets , dogs , pups
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